1.Dissatisfied with this hon. court’s Judgment delivered on September 15, 2022dismissing the plaintiffs’ case with costs to the defendant, the plaintiffs have moved this court for orders in the main for stay of execution of Judgment order and decree for 90 days pending the filing, entry and determination of the intended appeal and the defendant be injuncted against any form of adverse and negative interference with land parcel No. Limuru/Kamirithu/447 (suit land) pending the determination of appeal.
2.The Motion is supported by the jointaffidavit of the plaintiffs sworn on 3/11/2022. They deponed that in the impugned Judgment, the Court did not declare the rightful owner of the land parcel No. Limuru/Kamirithu/447 (the suit land) to justify the defendant’s move to destroy crops and cut crops under the police watch. That they were not served with any eviction notice and there being need to preserve their farm produce, the plaintiffs beseech the court to order stay of execution of the Judgement for at least 90 days for their appeal to be heard.
3.The defendant filed his grounds of opposition dated 18/11/2022 and a replying affidavit sworn on 29/11/2022. He argued interalia that the conditions for granting stay of execution have not been met; Plaintiffs have not filed a notice of intention to act in person; the Defendant has a right to develop his property; plaintiffs have not filed any appeal nor have they sought extension of time in the Court of Appeal.
4.The Application was argued orally in court on 5/12/2022 and the court has considered the rival arguments.
5.The main issue for determination is whether the Application is merited.
6.Before delving into the merits of the Application, it is imperative to address the competency of the instant Motion. It is filed pursuant to the provisions of Order 51 Rule 1, 3 & 4 Civil Procedure Rules and section 3A of the Civil Procedure Act and filed personally by Veronica Wairimu Njuguna and Margaret Wanjiku Njau. The Defendant has raised an objection that the said Plaintiffs have not filed any notice of intention to act in person since they were represented by Counsel namely C.W Kinuthia & Co. Advocates before delivery of the impugned Judgment.
7.There is no evidence before this court to show that the provisions of Order 9 Rule 9 Civil Procedure Rules have been complied with. Order 9 Rule 9 Civil Procedure Rules provides;
8.The above provision is coached in mandatory terms and obliged the plaintiffs to have filed an application or record a consent to allow them act in person post -Judgement. Having failed to do so, the Application before court is improperly filed and must fail. Whereas parties have a right to choose legal representation or act in person as the case maybe, the laid down procedures must be complied with as stipulated above.
11.The upshot of the foregoing is that the Application is improperly before court and the same is hereby struck out with no orders as to costs.